When Grammarly approached me about blogging about the importance of writing skills, I thought sure, why not. Literacy is something I feel strongly about and was one of the reasons I did my BA (in English Literature) and BTeach degrees.
Grammarly’s recent infographic confirms the importance of reading and writing. Why reading as well? The two are connected. One thing I noticed very quickly as a teacher was that the students who were readers had a much better grasp of spelling and grammar, and as reading mileage went up so did their writing skills.
Reading and writing is not just important for students, or passing exams, but is a life skill that is essential in today’s job market. Unfortunately, there does seem to be a decline in basic knowledge, which is why this infographic needs to be out there, and one of the reasons I agreed to write this post.
Look around you. How many signs have you seen with basic grammar mistakes? Even more disturbing, I pick up newspapers both paper and online, and find the same thing. I’ve helped people trying to navigate putting a CV together and have been asked questions like “what’s upper case?”
Given a pile of CVs or query letters to read through, unfortunately it’s not a person’s skill set and experience a perspective employer is going to be looking at. It’s also the simple things like using capitals when writing your name and address, and having other basic grammar rules in place.
Literacy needs to be encouraged, and programmes and tools put into place to help those who are struggling.